25 May 2310 min 38 sec

Kelly is kicking the tires on the Fendt Momentum Planter this spring. Engineered with innovative features that promise to increase planting uniformity, he is putting the

Fendt Momentum Planter

up against his John Deere 1770 NT in a head to head yield contest in the rugged hills of Western Iowa. Stay tuned for the results this fall.

00:00 Hey Galley. Hey Eric. Thanks for having me here. You know what I'm here for, right? You're 00:18 Here because you think you've got a pretty solid planner and you can beat what we've got. 00:22 Yes. We are here for a classic side by side trial, also called Mono Mono. 00:29 So we have some features that no other planter has, including yours, and that's the idea, right? For the last three years we've been doing this, 00:37 we go to farms, we talk with farmers or research entities, seed companies, and we do this side by side trials. And for the last three years, 00:45 our track record, it's pretty good. We're pretty proud of what we've got. But let's see what you've got to offer. So Kelly, the first thing we're gonna talk about is the wheels, right? 00:55 Most planters in the market, all the planters in the market, they have tires next to each other and we're leaving eight, 01:02 sometimes 10 tire tracks and pin rolls. How many pin rolls does your planter has? Two, two pin rolls, eight tire tracks every pass with momentum, 01:11 the tires are in front of each other. It's the inline tendons, right? Absolutely. What we have with this no prose, 01:17 regardless how many acres you plant, you leave no prose. And that's a big thing, right? The second thing that we offer, and we can see here, is that the, 01:27 the tires, they don't have a normal spindle. That's not a normal spindle, that's a smart spindle. Okay? 01:32 We are literally measuring the weight of the planter every split second in the center and in the wings. So your planter may not have, 01:42 because I was looking right, a weight transfer, but you know, most planters have the weight transfer, right? Right. Is, is this cylinder here? 01:49 That's right. Transfer the weight for the wing. But who tells the system to transfer? Uh, you have to do it manually from the cab. I believe you 01:58 Have to do it manually. There are ways to calculate and estimate, but as you are driving, as you're going in the field, and I see some pretty, uh, 02:06 incredible topography here, some rolling terrains here, We're known for, that feels Almost like Kentucky sometimes, but it is a lot of rolling terrain and every, 02:15 every time you move, the topography changes and your weight is shifting. Mm-hmm. So if you set the weight transfer once and you don't adjust, 02:24 you're either transferring too much or not enough to Do it correctly. You know, the ground is infinitely variable. So the system should be automatic to match the infinitely variable ground. It 02:36 Should be always adjusting. So absolutely you get inside momentum, you press the balance mode every split second, since we're measuring the weight, 02:43 the cylinders will push and pull and they won't stop until the entire toolbar is measuring the same. 02:49 So you're suggesting that your weight transfer system is a lot like the Delta force system that you've got on the units. 02:55 It's a infinitely variable weight transfer system. It's got load pins or some technology like that to balance the bar. The same way we're balancing the unit, 03:04 What we call a closed loop. You adjust, you push, you pull, you measure, and you self uh, you feed that information back in. 03:12 And that's what low logic is doing. And the weight that we are measuring on the planter is not just feeding the weight transfer, it's feeding the tire inflation system. 03:21 So as we are planting in the field tire inflation system go all the way down to 15 PSI and it's stretching, elongating that footprint. 03:29 When we have a bigger footprint on the ground, what happens? Less compaction, 03:33 Less compaction, more traction. So when you are finishing with the field and you fold the planter, we know you're folding, you're gonna road, 03:41 we'll inflate the tires all the way up to 45 psi and you can transport between one field to the other as fast as you're tracking 03:48 And it automatically does that automatically. Automatically. And reinflates the tires 03:51 Automatically adjusts in the field, automatically adjusts as you are folding or unfolding the planter. Okay. So, um, all these compaction management features really allow us to use 04:02 this big tanks, right? Yeah. I talk with farmers and some farmers would say, Arthur, I don't even feel my tank full now with 600 gallons. 04:10 Why would I put a thousand gallons? Because we can, all these trials that we've been doing, most of the times we are running up against the planter with 600 gallons, 520. 04:21 And even with a thousand gallons of liquid fertilizer, we're still outperforming them. You say that farmers don't want to put a thousand gallon in. 04:28 I would love to put a thousand gallon in. You're gonna, we're gonna have about a three gallon rate. We're gonna go plant 300 acres a day and we're gonna fill that once per day. 04:35 That's very efficient. I do like that. If you like capacity, we have one card in the sleeve, which we call the, the SY tanks. So if I've had farmers that say, Arthur a thousand is awesome, 04:46 but I want more. So we offer two saddle tanks with two 50 on the side. So you could do a dual liquid and having the 500 gallons side tanks and they 04:56 Go right here, Right outside the, the cfs uh, applying in furrow with the lower rate and you have the thousand gallons doing your offset with the higher rate. 05:04 Here's the number one priority for me because of our topography that you've already talked about, the big hills, we've got the possible chance for erosion. 05:12 Were a hundred percent no-till even corn on corn no-till. We have cover crops everywhere. Like you can see in this field. 05:18 We try to have a hundred percent cover crops in this northern latitude. Sometimes that's tough. You're living in Minnesota, 05:23 you know what that's like being in the north. Our plant is customized to handle these extreme conditions and we, we get even emergence, 05:32 we get proper planning depth things I'm very proud of or what we're accomplishing. So I want to know, can your planner handle that? 05:39 Absolutely. A lot of the trials we're doing, we have an agronomist with us, so we are doing trials with no-till conventional till minimal till. 05:47 And we are big supporters of cover crop. So if I had to say, if I had to put a number, 05:52 I would say that 40% of the momentum planters out in the field and we are in our third season in customer's hands, they are running in similar conditions. 06:01 We have rolling terrains, we have no-till and we have a lot of cover crop. So as we shift to talk about our toolbar, right, 06:10 and you said something that it was like perfect, the perfect queue consistent planning depth as we are talking about consistent planning death, we'll get to talk about the toolbar. 06:19 So let's just go to the side and let me show you. Alright, So every planter in the market boats their row units to the 06:28 toolbar Yes. The chassis. Yep. Right? It's a dead chassis that if your wheels are at the bo at the bottom of a ditch, you may be burying your seat. Mm-hmm. 06:36 If your wheels are at the top of a terrace mm-hmm. You may lose ground engagement. Believe me, I've experienced that in my 26 years. 06:42 Yes. And I'm, I'm, I'm counting on that because this, the idea is to come up with a solution. So this seven by seven frame here, this is completely detach from the wheels. You can have the, 06:55 uh, deepest ditch we raised the fluctuating tub, and you can keep that consistent planting death. You can have this at the top of a terrace, 07:04 and this is why a lot of momentums are shining into Dakotas and, and a Kansas whereas's terrace country is because this fluctuating 07:11 toolbar will copy the topography of the terrain regardless of where the, where the wheels are. And we're talking about tree, independent tub bars, wing, 07:21 center and wing. So you've got three 20 foot toolbars, Correct. Tree independent, 20 foot tubers. And Then this is the weight transfer system or the leveling system. I mean, 07:32 I don't know for sure, what do you call this? But this is also automatic, like the weight transfer system and the delta force, 07:38 Like almost everything with the planter, it's automatic and self-adjusting. So we have throughout the wing tree potentiometers that will 07:47 read the height of the row unit. So we get the lowest row unit, we get the highest one. 07:53 We'll place the toolbar right in the middle automatically. And then with the travel you've got from your parallel arms, 07:59 if it's in the middle, everything should be appropriate. Exactly. 08:02 There's enough travel in the row unit to make everything fine. We Go eight inches up and eight inches down. It may not be a lot more, 08:11 but it's two inches more than every other plant. It's more, yes, I've noticed your parallel alarms are longer. I've seen this at trade shows before. 08:17 There's a lot more travel here than there are other planters. I would admit that right away. And 08:21 That's the plan, right? If we have vertical travel range, we can help the farmers maintain consistent death. And you sat at, 08:29 and then the ultimate go, even emergence. So Arthur, anytime you ask a person to change colors, it feels like a bit of an uncomfortable risk to go from the style of planner 08:39 that I've known my whole life to something that we don't have any experience with. So that makes me uncomfortable. 08:45 We know what we are asking. We're talking with farmers that have been Penn 20 years. The, the father, the grandfather, the great-grandfather with the same brand. 08:54 So we know that this, it it's, it's a leap of f sometimes. So what we offer is Goldstar, 09:01 every fan piece of equipment comes with Goldstar, which is a three years complete factory warranty. That's not an extended warranty. It's absolutely bumper to bumper. 09:11 Everything is covered. So for three years there is absolutely no headache, no stress, and you won't touch your pocket. And tractors and combines. 09:20 We have the loaner guarantee. If we can fix your product in one or two days, we guarantee another equipment to keep you running on a planter since it's 09:30 so customizable, right? We can't just replace. So we have the parts assurance program. Dealers are carrying much more components that they've ever had because they 09:39 know that if in two years they haven't used some parts, they just send it back to us. The whole idea is to keep the dealer with extra parts so your planner keeps 09:49 running. So that's the purpose of Gold Star to take from the farmer that risk that you mentioned and it increases the resale value later. Well, so, uh, 09:59 I'm anxious for the, uh, results of our mano. How about we spice things up a little bit. Make it easy on yourself. 10:06 Uh, so let's see if I win, you will give me a pack of German beer and if your planter wins, I will get you a pack of bush light. How about that? 10:20 How about a bottle of bourbon? Perfect. A bottle of bourbon sounds like a deal. You got a bet. Perfect. 10:27 Let's wait for harvest.

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